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Bayern Munich ‘content with 1-1 Nuremberg draw’

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has said his team could live with the 1-1 draw against 10-man Nuremberg, which took the Bavarians eight-points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table.

Bayern Munich 'content with 1-1 Nuremberg draw'
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After second-placed rivals Schalke 04 suffered a 2-0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday evening, the Nuremberg draw only extended Bayern’s lead.

Munich was missing injured star wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, and Heynckes opted to leave Spain’s Javi Martinez plus Germany defenders Philipp Lahm and Holger Badstuber on the bench.

With Bayern facing a crucial Champions League clash at Spain’s Valencia for control of Group F on Tuesday, Heynckes accepted the draw.

“We can live with 1-1, I think it’s not the end of the world,” he said. “You simply can’t win all your games.

“After taking the early lead, we failed to make it two or even three. Obviously, we conceded the equaliser at a psychologically bad moment.

“Because of the second-half, we have to accept only taking a point.” Bayern needed just three minutes to take the lead as Croatia striker Mandzukic pounced on a Toni Kroos pass.

Nuremberg got back on level terms when ex-Munich midfielder Markus Feulner, who spent six years at Bayern as a youth player, smashed in his long-range shot on 46 minutes past Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

“It was a bit fortunate that the ball moved in the air the way it did,” said goal-scorer Feulner.

“At first, it looked as though it was headed for the centre of the goal, but then it curled. I’m sure that was a surprise for Manuel Neuer.”

The hosts were reduced to 10 men when midfielder Timo Gebhart was shown a second yellow card for elbowing Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger in the face with 14 minutes left.

But Nuremberg hung on to claim a point which moved them up to 14th in the league.

“It was not easy,” admitted Schweinsteiger. “We had many good opportunities, but we didn’t put in the final pass or make the right decision.

“We should certainly have made it 2-0, then things would have been much calmer. Of course, we gave the goal away.”

Leverkusen later beat Schalke with an impressive display after goals either side of half-time following a wonderful strike by Andre Schürrle, then Stefan Kiessling.

“We have made things incredibly bad for ourselves,” admitted Schalke captain Benedikt Höwedes. “We made a lot of mistakes in our build-up play and we were punished mercilessly.

Eintracht Frankfurt stayed up with the league leaders in third by claiming a 4-2 win at bottom side Augsburg having taken an early 2-0 lead.

“It did us good to take an early lead, we ran more than in our last game and missed a chance to go 3-0 up,” said Eintracht coach Armin Veh.

“Augsburg never gave up. Their moral is intact. Overall, it was a good football match and we ultimately deserved to win,” he added.

Defending champions Dortmund ran out 3-1 wins over second-from-bottom Greuther Fürth, while midfielder Mario Götze scored a superb third goal just before half-time to put the result beyond doubt.

“The first half was the more spectacular for both sides,” said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.

“We knew they’d be strong if we let them move the ball around at their feet, but we took control of the game in the second-half.”

AFP/jcw

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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